How Your Ring Sees the World
In many ways, your Spotlight Cam sees the world the way you do. A camera takes an image of your specified area and you draw a geometric motion zone covering the area you want your Ring device to focus on. The Ring device will then use that image to monitor the area for movement.
This article will teach you to use the motion sensitivity slider so you can properly set up your Ring device and make it a more effective detection tool.
Using Your Motion Sensitivity Slider
There may be things in your environment such as the shadow of a moving tree branch or the sun glinting off a shiny object that may trigger a motion event and send out notifications that you don't really want. You can use the motion sensitivity slider to reduce these kinds of motion alerts.
Note: You might have a different version of the Ring app so your Motion Settings screen might look a little different, but the slider function will essentially operate the same way as you see below.
Sliding the motion sensitivity slider actually alters the way your Ring device interprets what it sees. Sliding it toward "People Only," requires the camera to see a a human shape before it will trigger a motion event. Sliding it to the right will trigger alerts when smaller shapes are detected.
Where you set the slider will require some consideration of the purpose for which you've put up your Ring device. A Ring Spotlight Cam that's looking for visitors should have its slider more toward "People Only." A Spotlight Cam put up to spot animals in the backyard though, might need its slider more toward the right.
Getting Too Many Motion Events
If you're getting too many motion events from your Spotlight Cam Wired/Mount caused by things you don't care about, such as car headlights or blowing branches you can adjust your motion sensitivity slider and fine-tune your Ring device. By moving the slider between "People Only" and "All Activity," you can customize motion detection to fit the particular circumstances of your location.